With candied pecans and asiago crisps! Which I really wanted to put in the title, but decided it was just getting entirely out of control. A two line title is definitely too long for a recipe.
This salad was just fantastic. Of course, I love salads and am happy pretty much anytime a salad is involved. But even my husband commented on how amazing this salad was, and he’s not a real fan in general. He’ll eat them, but it’s not really the point of the meal, it’s just filler in his opinion.
This carrot, apple and cucumber salad with sweet and spicy candied pecans and asiago crisps will definitely be made many more times. Even the kids loved it. They didn’t have any dressing on theirs (and they completely missed out I might add because the red wine vinaigrette is fantastic), but they loved all the components and were rather disappointed that there weren’t any leftovers for the next day.
This salad is full of delicious things. Spiralized carrots and cucumber, thinly sliced apples, baby spinach, dried cranberries, candied pecans that are sweet and crunchy with a hint of spice, and crispy asiago cheese, all drizzled with a red wine vinaigrette. Fantastic I tell you.
Yes, there are a lot of components, and yes, it takes a couple minutes to prepare. But none of the steps are difficult at all, and the dressing and pecans can be made a day or two ahead of time to make things faster. I think this could even be made into an amazing main dish salad if you added some cooked chicken for protein. In fact, I’m definitely doing that next time!
We loved everything about this carrot, apple and cucumber salad. With candied pecans and asiago crisps. Yeah, it’s all important – should’ve just thrown everything in the title after all!
Disclaimer: I received a Microplane spiralizer tool that I used for this recipe, and have entered it in this contest.